Mind-your-own-business at base of north-facing wall
Red flower buds
Male flower buds
Male flower with 4 stamens
Close-up of male flower - 2 anthers missing
Close-up of female flowers
May to August
It is found throughout the country except for parts of the
central Midlands and the far North.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which has been grown in UK since the early
1900s, and known in the wild since the late 1910s. It continues
to escape and is on the increase.
It grows in damp shady places such as at the base of walls
and on paths.
Mind-your-own-business is an evergreen, low-growing, matt-
forming, perennial herb, growing up to 20cm.
Male and female flowers are separate and are very small.
They are in the axils of the leaves and only visible on close
The male flower bud is made up of a 4-lobed, red perianth
which bursts open to show 4 white stamens.
Female flowers are enclosed in a red, tubular, 4-lobed perianth.
There is a simple style and staminodes (infertile stamens).
The flowers are similar to those in the related Stinging Nettle.
Leaves are dark green and up to 6mm.
The stems are thread-like, red and root at the nodes.
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